Literature of the Renaissance

Presented by Sam's Museum of the Ancient World

Sam's Museum of the Ancient World

Friday, Feb. 28th, 1:30am


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Come join us for a night of fun

We invite you to come join us as we journey into the past of the wonderful time of the Renaissance. Our exhibit show cases the most prestigious literature from that time period. For the first time in decades the works of such authors as Shakespeare to Saint Teresa will be on display together. Please stop by to take a brake from your busy life to relax with some of the greatest literature from the Renaissance

Some of the Authors Are:

Fernando de Rojas

Fernando de Rojas lived in Spain from 1465- 1541. He was living during the Spanish Inquisition as a Jew. This later interfered with his career as a lawyer. Rojas wrote and published the Celestina in 1499. The Celestina is often called "the last work of the Spanish Middle Ages or the first of the Spanish Renaissance". The Celestina originally was called Comdedia de Calisto y Melibea. The Celestina is the story of a tragic love affair. This was the first literature to present romance in literature. The Celestina was translated in many lanuages including German, French, Hebrew and English. It is considered to be the first European novel.

Saint Teresa

Saint Teresa otherwise known as Teresa of Avila was born in 1515 and died in 1582. She lived in Spain. Her work is very notable in the Spanish Renaissance. Some of her most famous works include her own autobiography, The Life of Teresa of Jesus, the Interior Castle, El Camino de Perfeccion and Concepts of Love, Conceptos del Amor.

Dante Alighieri

Dante lived from 1265 to 1321 in Italy. His most famous work is the Divine Comedy. It describes Dante's journey through Hell (Inferno), Purgatory (Purgatorio) and Paradise (Paradiso). This was later called the Comedia and then even later on the Divine Comedy was called Divina. Dante is referred to il Sommo Poeta or the Supreme Poet. Dante is often even called "the father of the Italian language".

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare lived from 1564 to 1616 in England. He was a poet, a playwright and an actor. He wrote around forty plays, many poems and 154 sonnets. He is often called a genius. His early plays were comedies and histories including a Midnight Summer's Dream, the Comedy of Errors and the Gentlemen of Verona. He greatly shaped these two genres by the end of the sixteenth century. He also wrote many tragedies including Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth. Shakespeare wrote many poems during 1593 and 1593 because the theaters were closed because of a plague. Some of his poems include Venus and Adonis, A Lover's Complaint and The Passionate Pilgrim.